How to clean walls and ceilings

For the house cleaning to be complete, you need to remember to clean the ceiling and walls of each room. Many people forget that these spaces also accumulate dust, dirt and even cobwebs. To clean properly and using the right products, depending on the type of finish and finish, follow some helpful tips.


Dirt is often more visible on walls through handprints, scratches or accumulated dust. And to keep them up to date, you need to use a few tricks.

Brick walls can be cleaned more easily and require little attention. Just a soft sponge with a little general purpose cleaner or even hot water will clean them up again. But beware: you must first make sure that the wall is washable. Test in a small area to see if the product will not damage the wall paint.

To begin cleaning the wall, remove cobwebs, dust, or any dirt that has accumulated in the corners using the vacuum cleaner. With a soft sponge and a general purpose cleaner, always wash the wall with upward motions to avoid streaking stains on the surface.

Wall mounted mirrors and frames should be removed and cleaned. With a soft bristle cloth or brush, remove dust on both the front and back of the object. Then clean the wall area.

To remove adhesive tapes without leaving marks on the wall, the hot iron must be used at the time of removal. Place a piece of fabric on top of the tape you want to peel off, press the iron for a few minutes until the backing glue softens and the tape peels off the wall.

After removing the adhesive, remove any buildup on the wall using an abrasive cleaner, but without scrubbing too hard to avoid damage.

Wall with cladding

Decorative: Self-adhesive coatings are generally grease and stain resistant as they are made of vinyl material. Therefore, it does not take much effort when cleaning the wall. Use a damp sponge on a general purpose product, apply over the entire surface and finish using a soft dry cloth.

Metal: As with self-adhesive walls, to clean the metal coating just use a soft sponge all over the surface and then dry and soft cloth to ensure shine.

Mirror: Mirror coatings should be cleaned in the same way as wall mirrors. Just add a specific glass cleaner on a paper towel or even use newspaper sheets. Make gentle circular motions until all stains are removed. With another sheet of paper, repeat the procedure to ensure successful cleaning.

  • Lumber: Timber, set of wooden doors, are on the edges of the walls and also need frequent cleaning. Remove accumulated dust and dirt from the corner of the timber, always with the help of a vacuum cleaner or dry cloth, then clean with a specific wood cleaner or polish with a clean cloth. Never use water based products on natural or even painted wood, always prefer oil or wax products that are suitable for this type of material.

  • Ceilings

    Painted ceilings are washable, so they do not risk damage at the time of cleaning, but for other types with different finishes and coatings, there are some exceptions.

    To do the painted ceiling cleaning, it is simple. Make a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda and 3.5 liters of hot water in a bucket. Then protect your hands with rubber gloves to avoid allergies and always leave the room well ventilated to avoid inhaling the strong smell of the solution. Dampen a mop into the mixture and apply to the ceiling without dripping down the wall.

    Coated ceiling

    Acoustic Finished Ceiling: The sound-absorbing ceiling cannot be cleaned with chemicals, let alone water-based mixtures. To clean this type of ceiling, simply remove all dirt with the help of the vacuum cleaner. If the ceiling is very dirty, you should clean it by attaching a soft bristled brush to the vacuum cleaner and making light movements to avoid damage.

    Stucco: Ceilings that have stucco decoration cannot be cleaned with liquid solutions as the surface is unpainted and has deep texture. To keep the stucco coating always clean, the best way is to use a brush vacuum, always being careful not to damage the place.

    Vinyl: Clean the vinyl ceiling using only general purpose products and a soft mop or sponge.

    Not washable: Non-washable ceiling coverings should be cleaned with specific products that can be found at hardware stores. In extreme cases, the ideal is to resort to a spot painting.

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